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Medication use

Medication for treating and preventing diseases
Medication is important for treating and preventing diseases. Its quality must be high, and it has to be safe to use (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu, RIVM – National Institute for Public Health and the Environment – 2016). Medication prescriptions are normally written out by physicians (general practitioners and specialists). These prescriptions as well as the prescription procedures need to comply with national guidelines. Antibiotics, antidepressants, gastrointestinal medication and cholesterol inhibitors are among the medication most often prescribed. Which medication general practitioners prescribe, does not only depend on the patients’ complaints but also on their age and socio-economic status (RIVM, 2014). Prescription medication is often reimbursed by the health insurer.
Source of data on medication use: registrations by health insurer Achmea.

Use of medication during pregnancy
Certain medicines may not be used during pregnancy because of the possible risks for the baby. There are also medications that can be used safely during pregnancy. Sometimes it can even be unwise to stop taking it. For example, if a chronic disease is not kept well under control during pregnancy, it can have an impact on the baby’s health. What is best varies from person to person, and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.

Read more about this subject by clicking on the categories 'Children' and 'Adults'.